London duo Pandr Eyez, AKA Tom Lloyd and Ferren Gipson are the epitome of time and location, whose unique take on hip hop, pop and soul could only have come from soaking up the sounds from a melting pot like our capital. Indeed, music history is littered with exquisite examples of UK adoptees that find that certain something nestling in the cracks and crevices of their new homeland. Neneh Cherry anyone?
Arriving in London from Denver, Colorado, sublime vocalist Ferren met producer Tom while studying in the city. The pair bonded over their shared love for classic hip hop and pop. Realising Tom enjoyed getting his hands dirty with an MPC, Ferren admitted to being partial to the odd hairbrush moment. An understatement because boy, she’s got pipes. With a range that rivals any R&B star, her vocals are simply astonishing.
The pair have concocted two of the bubbliest and freshest tunes of 2012. ‘Again and Again’ is an addictive, body-rockin’ street corner jam, but ‘Physical Education’ is the jaw-dropper. With Ferren’s streetwise and sassy Roxanne Shante-isms, this is a major tune. Her voice soars across Tom’s impressive production, with multi-layers of percussion with a pulsing, neon-synth glow. It also happens to have one of the best one liners of the year too, where she playfully teases the words, “I like my rings real icy / boys dressed nicely / if you play it right / then I might let you wife me.” Cheeky and fiery brilliance.
PANDR EYEZ announce a brand new single ‘Physical Education’ to be released via Double Denim on 12 November. A free download of the track ‘Again & Again’ is available now, here.